107 posts tagged "Dior"
Yves Salomon, the fourth-generation Parisian furrier known for supplying furs to such houses as Dior, Prada, and Louis Vuitton, may have been founded in the 1920s, but that doesn’t mean it’s strictly old school. Under its own name, the brand presents six lines designed by the Salomon clan’s youngest member, Thomas. These collections comprise everything from accessories to the top-of-the-range 245 Saint Honoré to the more accessible Meteo, as well as the “bobo” rive gauche classic Army Fur, military jackets, and beyond. Running a research and development studio, Yves Salomon works with more than a hundred different types of skins (think badger, marmot, mink, lynx, sable, fox, and chinchilla) and experiments with dyes, cuts, shears, and patterns for its signature light and elegant silhouettes.
For Fall ’14, Salomon wanted to present a “younger way to wear fur—something more irreverent, that can be worn with a cool attitude.” His favorite piece, a dusty gray mink coat with a brown mink cuff, raccoon hem, and shearling block-cut back, epitomized the Fall collection’s edgy vibe. Other standouts included a clever short-sleeved top in teal mink with a zip in the back, which could be worn back-to-front as a jacket, and a panther-patterned, ink-printed pony-calf coat with a belted waist. For those who favor the classics, Salomon offered a simply gorgeous red fox coat. But girls looking for something wild were well taken care of, too—a two-tone polka-dot burgundy-and-black mink and a teal-and-black fold-over clutch were particularly out of the ordinary.
Yves Salomon is stocked worldwide by Opening Ceremony, Harrods, Matches, and Browns London, among others.
While he hasn’t yet been at the house for two years, Raf Simons already has his own Dior documentary. Dubbed Dior et Moi and directed by Frédéric Tcheng (who also worked on Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor), the flick chronicles Simons’ first couture collection for the storied brand, which walked down the runway in 2012. Seeing as the doc is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, we’re curious to know if Chanel will be inviting the cast to its annual film fest bash.
Few designers make you want to completely rethink your wardrobe; Alexander Wang is one of them. His much-buzzed about Spring ’14 collection, which, FYI, is hitting stores now, got us thinking about adding a few men’s shirts to our repertoire. Classic shirting happens to be a big trend this season; it also turned up at Altuzarra, Dior, and Thakoon. Wear yours a little bit oversized and half-buttoned for a look that reads sultry, not secretary. Paired with slim trousers, a chunky watch, and loafers, it’s a sophisticated look with a saucy edge. Shop our favorite menswear-inspired pieces by Gucci, Michael Kors, Balenciaga, and more, below.
1. Alexander Wang cotton-piqué playsuit, $965, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Michael Kors Channing lapis dial bracelet watch, $250, available at nordstrom.com
3. Balenciaga Le Dix cartable leather tote, $1,945, available at mytheresa.com
4. Gucci horsebit-detail patent leather loafers, $575, available at net-a-porter.com
5. J Brand Piper cotton-blend twill skinny pants, $230, available at net-a-porter.com
One of the few who has dressed both Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, never mind a passel of stars including Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Welch, and more, Brit designer Amanda Wakeley is a twenty-four-year veteran in the business. At her celeb-dense shop opening last night on London’s Albemarle Street, she described how she’s seen the fashion landscape in The Smoke change over the years.
“It is very competitive now, and there is a much greater choice of outstanding products at all levels of the market—plus the customer is far more discerning.” Wakeley also believes designers have stepped up their marketing game. “There is much more awareness of brand DNA—an integral part of building a successful business.”
Despite having a career and longevity most designers could only dream of, Wakeley insists that now is the most exciting time for her, especially with achieving a lifelong ambition of opening a Mayfair shop. This one is even Grade 2 listed, which means, in Brit speak, that it has historical significance. “It is such a privilege to be in a building with such heritage and structure…the staircase was put in by a couturier in the twenties, and I just knew this was the space for us.”
Tracey Emin, Liz Hurley, Elizabeth Saltzman, the BFC’s Caroline Rush, and more crushed into the shop that Wakeley says is representative of the “beginning of a new era for us.” Next on the docket is a return to the London fashion week schedule after a few seasons’ hiatus.
So after dressing the crème de la crème, who is left on her wish list? “Well, I do think Jennifer Lawrence has a wonderful look.” We have a sneaking suspicion the star will be wearing Dior to the Oscars, but who knows what the red carpet may bring.